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The Book Thief
The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.From the Hardcover edition.
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PaulaNovotna
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One opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death.

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ReadingIsMyHobby
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Very good book. I enjoyed the story.

Kaila-ann One of my favorite books. 6d
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I‘m down with a knee injury which is HORRIBLE. It was hard to watch my kid run and I was sidelined, but I was still able to read. I finished “Before We Were Yours,” and also started the “Book Thief.” Thankful to spend the day reading and hoping a day or two of rest I can bounce back.

marleed Get well soon! 1w
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Mishu94 Get well sooon! 😁 I read the book thief a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it! I hope you like it as much as I did! 😬 7d
krayoncolorz Thank you @marleed @jchawkins @Mishu94! Was able to get a mile today walking slowly. Not where I want to be but moving in the right direction!! And enjoying the book thief thus far! (edited) 6d
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PaulaNovotna
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People observe the colours of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment.

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'All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.

A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR
I am haunted by humans.' - Pg 554

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'I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and it's words so damning and brilliant.' - Pg 554

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'In her final visions she saw her three children, her grand-children, her husband, and the long list of lives that merged with hers. Among them, lit like lanterns, were Hans and Rosa a Hubermann, her brother, and the boy whose hair remained the colour of lemons forever.' - Pg 547

Elizabeth2 ❤️ One of my favorite books of all time. 1w
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'A LAST FACT
I should tell you that the book thief died only yesterday. Liesel Meminger lived to a very old age, far away from Molching and the demise of Himmel Street. She died in a suburb of Sydney... the sky was the best blue of afternoon. Like her Papa, her soul was sitting up.' - Pg 547

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jemmahoughton
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'It has been many years since all of that, but there is still plenty of work to do. I can promise you that the world is a factory. The sun stirs it, the humans rule it. And I remain. I carry them away.' - Pg 547

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jemmahoughton
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'When they pulled her out, it's true that she started to wail and scream for Hans Hubermann. The men of the LSE attempted to keep her in their powdery arms, but the book thief managed to break away. Desperate humans often seem able to do this.' - Pg 537

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jemmahoughton
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'Hans.
Papa.
... His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do - the best ones.
...He lay in my arms and rested. There was an itchy lung for a last cigarette, and an immense, magnetic pull towards the basement, for the girl who was his daughter and was writing a book down there that he hoped to read one day.
Liesel.
His soul whispered it as I carried him.' - Pgs 535-536

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'THE BOOK THIEF - LAST LINE
I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.' - Pg 532

gilroyc If I hadn't read the book already, I'd consider this a spoiler... 1w
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jemmahoughton
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'For hours she wrote, attempting each night to complete ten pages of her life. There was so much to consider, so many things in danger of being left out. Just be patient she told herself, and with the mounting pages, the strength of her writing fist grew.' - Pgs 530-531

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jemmahoughton
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'For the first hour she only watched the pencil and paper...
' Screibe,' she instructed herself. 'Write.'
After more than two hours, Liesel Meminger started writing, not knowing how she was ever going to get this right. How could she ever know that someone would pick her story up and carry it with him everywhere?' - Pgs 528-529

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' Don't punish yourself,' she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing.' - Pg 528

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'... please,' Ilsa Hermann advised her, 'don't punish yourself, like you said you would. Don't be like me, Liesel.' - Pg 527

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'THE LAST LETTER
Dear Mrs Hermann,
As you can see, I have been in your library again and I have ruined one of your books. I was just so angry and afraid and I wanted to kill the words. I have stolen from you and now I have wrecked your property. I'm sorry. To punish myself, I think I will stop coming here. Or is it punishment at all? I love this place and hate it, because it is full of words...' - Pg 526

Powered_By_Plants Amazing book 💕 1w
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jemmahoughton
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' Hair the colour of lemons'... 'You told him about me?'
At first, Liesel could not talk. Perhaps it was the sudden bumpiness of love she felt for him. Or had she always loved him? It's likely. Restricted as she was from speaking, she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted him to drag her hand across & pull her over. It didn't matter where. Her mouth, her neck, her cheek. Her skin was empty for it, waiting.
...He was her best friend.' - Pg 522

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jemmahoughton
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'He killed himself for wanting to live.'
{Survivor's Guilt} - Pg 507

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' Have me,' they said, and there was no stopping them. They were frightened, no question, but they were not afraid of me. It was a fear of mucking it up and having to face themselves again, and facing the world, and the likes of you.' - Pg 506

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jemmahoughton
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'... as soon as Liesel felt this thought, it filled her with a strange optimism - perhaps it wasn't the mayor's library at all, it was hers. Ilsa Hermann's.
She didn't know why it was so important, but she enjoyed the fact that the roomful of books belonged to the woman.' - Pg 466

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'There was once a strange, small man...
-He would find himself a small, strange moustache.
...the Fuhrer decided that he would rule the world with words... His first plan of attack was to plant the words in as many areas of his homeland as possible.
He planted them day and night, and cultivated them. He watched them grow, until eventually, great forests of words had risen throughout Germany...
It was a nation of farmed thoughts.' - Pg 451

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'Some of those soldiers were only boys themselves. They had the Fuhrer in their eyes.' - Pg 399

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jemmahoughton
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'Gelegenheit - opportunity:
a chance for advancement or progress.' - Pg 393

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'When everything was quiet, I went up to the corridor and the curtain in the living room was open just a crack... I could see outside. I watched, only for a few seconds.' He had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months.
There was no anger or reproach.
It was Papa who spoke.
'How did it look?'
Max lifted his head, with great sorrow, and great astonishment. 'There were stars,' he said. 'They burned my eyes.'
' - Pg 385

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'The science of Papa's trade brought him an even greater level of respect... it was nice for Liesel to know that he was also more than capable in his occupation. Competence was attractive.' - Pg 364

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'Did you learn?'...
'I did...Until I was nine. At that age, my mother sold the music studio and stopped teaching. She kept only the one instrument but gave up on me not long after I resisted learning. I was foolish.'
'No,' Papa said. 'You were a boy.'
' - Pg 227

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'Life had altered in the wildest possible way, but it was imperative that they act as if nothing at all had happened.
Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.
That was the business of hiding a Jew.' - Pg 219

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jemmahoughton
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'Thankyou.
For Max Vandenburg, those were the two most pitiful words he could possibly say, rivalled only by I'm sorry. There was a constant urge to speak both expressions, spurred on by the affliction of guilt...
To live.
Living was living.
The price was guilt, and shame.' - Pg 216

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I‘ve been meaning to read this for the longest time and recently picked it up from the Little Free Library we have at work. It was worth the wait as I loved this poignant look at World War II told by an unlikely narrator, Death.

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jemmahoughton
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'In the army, he didn't stick out at either end. He ran in the middle, climbed in the middle, and he could shoot straight enough so as not to affront his superiors. Nor did he excel enough to be one of the first chosen to run straight at me.

A SMALL BUT NOTEWORTHY NOTE
I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men.
They are not.
They're running at me.' - Pg 182

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jemmahoughton
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'Every minute, every hour, there was worry, or more to the point, paranoia. Criminal activity will do that to a person, especially a child. The envision a prolific assortment of caughtoutedness...
For Liesel, the paranoia itself became the punishment...' - Pg 136

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jemmahoughton
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'For now, the idea was enough. It was indestructible. Transforming it into reality, well, that was something else altogether.' - Pg 135

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'As Liesel would discover, a good thief requires many things.
Stealth. Nerve. Speed.
More important than any of those things, however, was one final requirement.
Luck.' - Pg 123

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jemmahoughton
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' You can say that in our house,' he said, looking gravely at Liesel's cheek.' But you never say it on the street, at school, at the BDM, never!' He stood in front of her and lifted her by the triceps. He shook her. 'Do you hear me?'
With her eyes tapped wide open, Liesel nodded her compliance.' - Pg 122

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'I hate the Fuhrer,' she said. 'I hate him.'
And Hans Hubermann?
What did he do? What did he say?
Did he bend down and embrace his foster daughter as he wanted to? Did he tell her that he was sorry for what was happening to her, to her mother, for what had happened to her brother?
Not exactly.
He clenched his eyes. Then opened them. He slapped Liesel Meminger squarely in the face.
'Don't ever say that!' His voice was quiet, but sharp.' - Pg 121

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' Did the Fuhrer take her away?'
The question surprised them both, and it forced Papa to stand up... Another lie was growing in his mouth, but he found it impossible to let it out. He said,' I think he might have, yes.'
'I knew it.' The words were thrown at the steps and Liesel could feel the slush of anger, sitting hotly in her stomach.'
' - Pg 121

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'The orange flames waved at the crowd as paper and print dissolved inside them. Burning words were torn from their sentences.' - Pg 118

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jemmahoughton
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'... another onslaught of Heil Hitlering. You know, it actually makes me wonder if anyone ever lost an eye or injured a hand or wrist with all of that. You'd only need to be facing the wrong way at the wrong time, or stand marginally too close to another person.' - Pg 117

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jemmahoughton
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'He was performing now what is called a Schreierei - a consummate exhibition of passionate shouting - warning the crowd to be watchful, to be vigilant, to seek out and destroy the evil machinations plotting to infect the motherland with its deplorable ways... the Jews... the remainder of the Nazi recital swept by... Waterfall of words. A girl treading water.' - Pg 116

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jemmahoughton
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'Although something inside told her that this was a crime - after all, her three books were the most precious items she owned - she was compelled to see the thing lit. She couldn't help it. I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sandcastles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.' - Pg 115

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jemmahoughton
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'A DEFINITION NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY:

Not-leaving: An act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.' - Pg 43

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jemmahoughton
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'It's the leftover humans.
The survivors.
They're the ones I can't stand to look at...
... I witness the ones that are left behind, crumbling amongst the jigsaw puzzle of realisation, despair and surprise. They have punctured hearts. They have beaten lungs.' - Pg 15

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jemmahoughton
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'People observe the colours of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment.' - Pg 14

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jemmahoughton
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'The only sound I'll hear after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.' - Pg 14

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jemmahoughton
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'I could introduce myself properly, but it's not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A colour will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.' - Pg 14

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Mishu94
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I don‘t know why I always used to shrink away from reading the book thief but I‘m glad i finally read it! It made me smile and cry but I really loved each and every bit of it! What are your thoughts on it? ☺️

TrishB Loved it ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture! I have it but havnt read yet 3w
Mishu94 @Cathythoughts thank you so much! ❤️ and you should definitely give it a try! It‘s beautifully written about war from a little girls perspective! Do let me know how you like it once you‘ve read it! ☺️ (edited) 3w
Leftcoastzen I thought it was amazing, I resisted for a long time too.Maybe I thought it wouldn‘t live up to the praise?Love your photo. 3w
Mishu94 @Leftcoastzen it sure was! Yes, that was one of the reasons but I also knew that it would be heartbreaking so I always used to do a rain check 😭 And thankyou! ☺️ 3w
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A book that is told by Death himself. Very interesting and different. I loved it!

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Louise
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What a beautiful, deeply moving book. The #audiobook is read very nicely. I would like to read the print version as well because it is the kind of book that one wishes to savor. I am amazed that the author was only 30 years old when he wrote this.

TrishB It‘s a great read 👍🏻 for once I actually enjoyed the film too. 1mo
jb72 I really enjoyed that book too. 1mo
Louise @TrishB I‘m glad to hear that the movie is also good. I‘ll check it out sometime! 1mo
Louise @jb72 I have a feeling it‘s the kind of book that readers will enjoy revisiting every now and then. A real “keeper”! 1mo
jb72 @Louise I agree. If you like it, it‘s a keeper for sure. I‘m sure there is something to gain each time read. 1mo
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